Mu Waterfall - The Primitive Destination for Travel in Hoa Binh

Like a girl at her most beautiful time, Mu waterfall attracts travellers by spectacular natural beauty of the blue cool water falling down huge rocks, creating many floors.


Located at an altitude of over 1,000 meters, under the first part of the majestic Truong Son range, Mu waterfall is in Mu village, Tu Do commune, Lac Son district, Hoa Binh, only about 140km from Hanoi.

From afar, though not seen, but we can hear the sound of extraordinary cascade of water pouring down. Just climb down the short stone steps, around the groves and then Mu waterfall appears with rushing white water.


Stepping down to the waterfall you will feel overwhelmed by spectacular beauty that nature has endowed this place with the blue cool water falling down huge rocks, creating many floors. It is really eye-catching and very beautiful.


At the foot of the Mu waterfall, there is a small lake with walkway to each floor. The deepest point of the bottom of the falls is around 2 meters, so it is not too dangerous for tourists. One of the highlights of the Mu waterfalls is an amazing blue lagoon that is as large as a natural swimming pool at the foot of the falls.


Along the waterfalls from downstream to upstream, there are murky canopies, which people can go along to conquer each floor.


To reach the Mu waterfall, starting from Hanoi, you can go towards the Thang Long Boulevard to get to Ho Chi Minh Trail. After running more than 100km, close to the national forest of Cuc Phuong, we turn right and continue to drive more 15km to reach Vu Ban town (the centre of Lac Son district). Then ask for directions to the Mu waterfalls (Ngoc Son, Ngoc Lau, Tu Do). Please note that the road from Vu Ban town to Mu waterfall is really challenging because it is very dangerous, small and winding, so the best mean of transportation is motorbike.

The Impressive Waterfall of Ta Ngao in Lam Dong

Ta Ngao Falls is located in Thanh Loc, Bao Lam district, Lam Dong province. Although being exploited and invested for tourism activities, this place still remains its unspoiled and natural beauty, urging the adventurous heart to come. It is about 20 km from Bao Loc, the way to get here is not too difficult. From the center of Bao Loc, towards Dalat direction, tourists can go to Dai Binh junction then turn right, follow the direction of the Loc Thanh market. Continue driving about 2 km more through the market, you'll see the turnoff. Just drive another 4 km to get to the valley.


If you want to go to the waterfalls, you have to walk about 1 km. The only the only way to pass all 7 floors of waterfalls is to wade across the stream flowing on the big rocks. In the days of the dry season, water flows very gently but it’s so rushing during rainy season. That is why you should choose to go in the dry season to have a perfect trip discovering Ta Ngao waterfalls.


Walking among the lush primitive forests, visitors can immerse themselves completely into the vast natural and feel the pure fresh air. The sound of waterfall, birds singing, the wind blowing mixes together to create impressive and unique jungle music. With 30 meters high along with the rugged vertical slope, the magnificent falls definitely look like a natural waterslide.


And when visiting Ta Ngao waterfall, you will admire the majestic beauty nestled among the marvellous jungle. Wonderful unspoilt landscape makes anyone stunned and amazed. The most interesting is the waterslide game. You will slide on the slippery black rocks and finally drop yourself falling into the lake below. With tremendous speed, you will enjoy the exciting feeling of sliding fast among wild mountainous scenery, the ride in the Ta Ngao falls is really a breathtaking, thrilling, new and interesting journey.


You will experience a refreshing feeling when falling down, immersing in clear and cool water of the lakes below. The water splashing makes you more excited. Leaving the lake, sitting on a rock and watching the surroundings, you will have more indescribable feelings.

If you want to go upwards the starting point, you can use a rope tied to a tree on top of that waterfall and then climb the falls. Check-in waterfall Ta Ngao, you will enjoy many wonderful things. This is not just journey to discover the nature but also a trip to challenge yourself and train a “steel” mental strength.

You can bring food to enjoy a barbecue in the mountains.
Poetic beauty of scenery combined with super adventurous experience will give you a lot of good memorable moments. However, travelers should note very carefully to the safety of themselves, be well equipped with protective equipment, pay careful attention when participating in the games, so the journey is filled with memorable pleasure only.

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Top 6 Things to Do in Phu Quoc

Travelling to Phu Quoc and enjoying the wonderful activities below surely will help you to bring back home a heart full of new experiences.

Mud bath at Galina Phu Quoc Mud Bath & Spa 

Located right on the white sandy shores of peaceful Duong To commune and only 10 minutes ride from Phu Quoc International Airport, Galina Phu Quoc is the first mud bath and spa resort in the "Pearl Island" . With 21 mud pools and 19 high-end spas, Galina will help your to have an exotic enjoyable holiday. You can drop yourself floating in smooth puree warm mud, enjoy the fresh sea breeze and watch the clear blue sea stretching to the horizon.


Especially, mud used in the resort is taken from mines in Ninh Hoa (Khanh Hoa), processed through centrifugal technology to filter and select the best mud. It is then processed with ultraviolet light and heat to disinfect, so it very safe for health and skin.

In addition to soaking in mud, when coming here you also can participate in other exciting activities such as a dip in the Jacuzzi pool, body massage, foot massage by modern technology, aquatic therapy, outdoor swimming pool ...

Coral diving

Coral diving is a favourite activity of the tourists when visiting to Phu Quoc because this experience is not age restricted. Even those who cannot swim can do it by wearing lifejackets and let yourself floating simply above the water surface and enjoy the fish or coral.


Marine ecosystem in An Thoi archipelago in the South or Mong Tay islet, Doi Moi islet and Thay Boi islet in the North of Phu Quoc Island is the perfect place to explore the world under water. Especially, the coral reefs here are always in the top in Vietnam regarding the richness with 17 types of hard coral, soft coral and various types of sea anemones.

Night squid fishing

When night falls, the whole island of Phu Quoc became silent but far in the ocean, the lives of the fishermen are still bustling with lights shimmering like a busy city. It's time to experience the exciting moments of relaxation with the crew by night squid fishing. The price of a squid fishing trip is around 300,000 VND (12 USD) per person. You are picked up to go aboard in a large vessel at 5 PM to go to the place for squid fishing. The squid fishing vessel is normally equipped with lots of lights to attract the squid, creating a sparkling scenery among dark ocean surface.


There’s nothing more interesting than fishing the squid hunting under the sea by yourself, or catch some swordfish, blue bone fish emerging from the sea. Booty, which are fresh squids or various kinds of fish will be served on board.

Phu Quoc prison

Located in the An Thoi commune in the southernmost area of Phu Quoc Island, Phu Quoc prison was once the place to detain the southern revolutionary soldiers before freeing time. Coming to the place that dubbed as "hell on earth", you can witness the relics remaining here to see more clearly the patriotism of our compatriots, understand more about the history of the people of Vietnam. After the trip, you will love our country more than before. No entrance fee for visiting this monument.


Explore the island on a motorcycle

In addition to Long Beach, Star Beach, Khem Beach, most wonderful beaches of Phu Quoc is still untouched. Roads in Phu Quoc are not crowded, so you only need to rent a motorcycle and go looking for deserted sandy beaches. The best place to find your own paradise is along the northern beaches of the island.


Enjoy the sunset in Dinh Cau

Dinh Cau Cape is a must-go destination in Phu Quoc for every tourist to relax and enjoy. Natural rocks look like a strange shape mountain with waves around, surrounded by heaving rocks and peaks which are adorned with an ancient mossy temple. The most exotic is the beautiful sunset, bringing great emotion to the guests.


Top important festivals in Vietnam

More and more foreign travelers travel to Vietnam not only for beautiful beaches and sceneries but also for unique cultural festival all year round. Traditional festivals are a form of cultural activities that are formed and developed throughout the course of Vietnamese history. Some of these festivals are celebrated nationwide; as some provinces have their own series of festivals unique to the locals. Thanks to the diversity of places holding places, there is a variety of the types of Vietnamese traditional festivals. Each festival has its own way of celebrating, which is an interesting point for tourists when traveling to Vietnam. One thing that can make you totally surprised is that there is no day in Vietnam when the festival calendar is blank! Life in Vietnam is a succession of major and minor festivals. Thus, taking part in some major festivals in Vietnam is one of the best ways to explore the country and to earn unique experiences for your holidays. Here are some important festivals, which are celebrated nationwide.

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1/Lunar new Year (Tet Nguyen Dan)

This is the most important festival in Vietnam. It is held on the first day of January based on Lunar Calendar. It can be described as the combination of Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Thanksgiving. It is the period of time in a year for all family members to reunite in order to greet the new lunar year together in the hope of good fortune and happiness. Thus, people who are far from their house will come back home to join the happiness and gather with their family. During the 3 days of Tet, Vietnamese people pay visits to their relatives, friends and neighbors. In exchange of wishes for longevity, health and wealth, adults give “li xi” (lucky money), which are put in small red envelopes together with wishing them fast growing-up and intelligence. Fireworks, unicorn dances, music shows and flower fairs are often held everywhere to celebrate this special occasion.
Top important festivals in Vietnam

There is a saying in Vietnam, “Father’s Tet is on the First Day of New Year, Mother’s Tet is on the Second, and Teacher’s is on the Third”. It can be explained as, on the first day, Vietnamese visit their parents on the husband’s side on; on the second day, they turn to parents on the wife’s side; and lastly, they spend their third day of Tet visiting their teachers.

2/Mid-Autumn Festival (Tet Trung Thu)

This festival falls on the fifteen day of the eighth lunar month. Every Vietnamese is longing for the day that the Moon is the largest and brightest, when they feel like they are not only a practical creature but a romantic one and a beauty part of the whole universe. The full moon represents fullness and prosperity of life.
Top important festivals in Vietnam

Children parade on the streets, while singing and carrying colourful lanterns in different shapes and sizes. Dances are also traditional, and include the dragon dance and the flower dance.

3/Hung King Temple Festival

It takes place from the 8th to 11th day of the third lunar month in the year. It is a traditional festival which honours the first King of Vietnam - King Hung. This is when all Vietnamese people remember their origin and express their respect as well as gratitude to ancestor of Vietnamese people. During the festival, Vietnamese people from all over the country head for King Hung Temple on Nghia Linh Mountain, Phu Tho Province to take part in this historical and meaningful festival.
Top important festivals in Vietnam


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Travel to Vietnam if you are looking for rural adventures

Vietnam is filled with beautiful and exotic rural countryside, especially in the North of the country. The scenery ranges from jagged peaks seen from winding mountain passes down to verdant paddy fields painted every shade of green in the palette, while the nation's long history and an amazing number of ethnic minorities mean that culture-vultures will find plenty to admire. Let's travel to Vietnam to discover more on of the hidden gems of the South-East Asia!
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Ma PiLeng Pass in Ha Giang

Brief history of the region

The Far North of Vietnam is famous for its superb scenery with opportunities for trekking out to isolated hamlets such as SaPa, Son La, Moc Chau and Mai Chau.

Back to the 1950s, the region was the first to be liberated from French rule. Though much of the infrastructural and political damage from the war has been repaired, unmarked minefields along 1000km of frontier pose a more intractable problem: most areas – including all which regularly receive tourists – have been cleared and declared safe, but in the more remote areas it’s sensible to stick to well-worn paths.

The "heart-breaking" beauty of the Far North of Vietnam

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The beauty of the Far North Vietnam
The region boasts a transcendent beauty of landscape and colorful minority hill tribes. Dazzling sceneries of rice terrace fields, splendid mountains, and beautiful hill tribes will not only strike your sights but also deeply touch your heart.

Basic information about the Far North region when you travel to Vietnam

The Far North of Vietnam consists of six provinces next to the China border: Cao Bằng, Lạng Sơn, Bắc Kạn, Thái Nguyên, Tuyên Quang and Hà Giang. Some roads leading to this area are small and rough.

The best time to travel to this region is autumn and spring. In fall, you can enjoy the spectacular beauty of golden rice fields and spring is the flowering blossom, which lets you enjoy this land at its very best.

#1. Cao Bang

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Ban Gioc Waterfall
Cao Bang province with its capital of the same name borders China on the east of northern Vietnam. There are approximately 550,000 inhabitants in this province. It is mainly mountainous with spectacular scenery and good trails for trekking and exploring the ethnic minorities in the surrounding villages.

Some important must-see places to explore in Cao Bang

Pac Bo village (at the Bang Giang and Hien rivers) is where Ho Chi Minh established a revolutionary force in January 1941.

Ban Gioc Waterfall is the largest one in Vietnam and the fourth biggest one in the world. In the sunlight, you can watch the seven color waterfall. The color of the water depends on the weather in this area. 

#2. Lang Son

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Phai Ve Mountain in  Lang Son
The history of the province is associated with the Bronze Age when a trade route passed this city that connected China (Guangzhou) with India.

Some important must-see places in Lang Son

Dong Dang Town is known as The Gateway of Friendship (Youyi Guan). Vietnamese and Chinese residents pass through the gate so they can sell food and items in another country.

Mau Son Mountain is one of the most beautiful places in Southeast Asia and Vietnam. There are many stone houses from the time of French colonization in Vietnam.

#3. Bac Kan

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Ba Be Lake in Bac Kan Provine
The most famous place to visit is Ba Be Lake. It was established as a national preserved forest and tourist center in 1978, before being established as Vietnam's eighth national park in 1992. It was recently recognized by UNESCO as the third Ramsar site in Vietnam - an important wetland of the world. 

#4. Thai Nguyen

Thai Nguyen has revolutionary tradition, historical vestiges including Van, Vo mountains, Dinh Hoa ATK vestige, and Doom Temple.
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Tea Hills in Thai Nguyen Province
Nui Coc Reservoir is the most visited attraction in the province. This 2,500ha lake includes 89 islands, concealing mysterious legends. 

#5. Tuyen Quang

Tuyen Quang owns 300 historical cultural vestiges. The famous one is Tan Trao Historical Site. It was used as a resistance base before the August 1945 Revolution.
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Gam River in the Winter - Tuyen Quang 
It is known for the Na Hang Primitive Forest, where is the home of valuable fauna and flora such as dinh, mun (ebony trees), sen (bassia), ape, panther, flying weasel, antelope, and upturned-nosed monkey. 

#6. Ha Giang

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Rice fields in Ha Giang
This is the most beautiful Northern Province when you travel to Vietnam. Ha Giang is the place where almost 90% of the population are ethnic minorities with their own cultures and lifestyles.

You must enjoy a lot of fantastic mountain scenery over the whole area. There is the world famous geopark named Dong Van Karst Global Geopark. It was designated by UNESCO as one of 77 sites with the important geological and cultural heritage. This geopark is littered with the ethereal karst formations that are nearly 400 million years old and has two protected areas.

Your travel to Vietnam is not complete without a visit to the Far North of the country. You will be impressed by its authentic, unique beauty which has made Vietnam become the diverse and welcoming gem of the Southeast Asia.

Cu Lan Village - A Picturesque Village in Dalat

Coming to Cu Lan village, tourists will be given a chance to immerse in the deep blue of the wild jungle, and visit an only kind of shy and timid animal, namely Cu Lan in this area.

The village is located at the foot of the Lang Biang mountain (Dalat), about 20km from Xuan Huong lake and Cu Hill. The village covers an area of 30ha, which is the home of K’ho ethnic minority living here. 


This small beautiful village is named after a local plant species – Cu Lan tree that flourishes alternately in the mountain. Also the name of the village derives from the name of an animal living here, namely Cu Lan – a kind of rare animal listed in the Red Book. 


If you just have a glimpse of the village, you will often feel frustrated because there is nothing interesting to discover. However, if you go further deep into the village, you will be overwhelmed by its simplicity and serenity, the village appears with lush colors that nature has created for this area.


To get into the Cu Lan village, you have to pass through two suspension bridges and cross over small poetic stream with the picturesque scenery surrounding. Everyone also likes this place and wants to stop off to check-in. if you want to experience a bit adventurous feeling, you can hire a Jeep to cross over the stream with the price of 100.000VND (4.44 USD)/people.


To overnight in Cu Lan village, tourists can stay at the colorful wooden houses amidst lush forests or have a camping at the large yard of the village.


Here, tourists mainly take part in outdoor activities, immerse in the beautiful nature or attend in teambuilding activity such as kite flying, jungle fowl hunting, climbing, rowing, fishing…

Cu Lan village has only a restaurant with the special dishes of the mountain area such as com lam (2.22 USD/ a tube of rice), kebab (5.32- 6.65 USD), grilled chicken (15.53 USD), vegetable warehouse (4.44 USD).


Beyond the quiet space with romantic landscapes of mountains, forests, Cu Lan village also attracts tourists by small paths covered with colorful flowers in spring and autumn.

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8 Must-try Dishes in Vietnam

Vietnamese dishes such as fried spring rolls, bun cha, pho or bread are so famous all over the world. Nowadays, Vietnamese cuisine is not only popular but also has received a lot of praises from international visitors as well as the world press. Here are the most delicious Vietnamese dishes which are all on the list of the best dishes in the world.

Fried spring rolls (Nem)

8 Must-try Dishes in Vietnam

Formally, Vietnam spring rolls are not attractively decorated, but when tasting it, no one can refuse the flavor of this incredible dish. A crispy rice paper combined with various sweet, fatty ingredients inside creates the perfect taste for the dish. Especially, the dish is much tastier when you enjoy it together with sweet fish sauce and salads.

Pho

8 Must-try Dishes in Vietnam

Mentioning about Vietnamese cuisine, it is obvious when we talk about “Pho”. Pho and its delicious flavor appear in so many food magazines. Moreover, it has become the favorite dish of many professional chefs. Pho is also praised in almost Vietnamese restaurants located in foreign countries. A delicious bowl of Pho makes every visitor surprised and fall in love immediately with an attractive smell and a great taste. This is the most famous dish of Vietnam formed from the 20th century in the North. From different parts of the country, pho is changed in some small ingredients. In Hanoi, pho is sweeter and in Ho Chi Minh City, it was eaten with more fresh vegetables.

Bread

8 Must-try Dishes in Vietnam

In 2014, Vietnamese bread has created a new trend of street food around the world. Therefore, it was obvious that it became the top 20 most delicious street food in the world voted by The Huffington Post. The bread is always full of grilled meat, cucumbers, herbs and egg sauce with the crispy crust. Surprisingly, the price of one bread is super cheap. Only with approximately 15 thousand VND, you can have a super-delicious bread.

Bun cha

8 Must-try Dishes in Vietnam

Voted by National Geographic in 2014, Bun cha in Hanoi is on the list of 10 best street food in the world. Bun cha recipe is not complicated but how to make the tasty fried and unburned meat is not easy. Visitors are so satisfied when they enjoy noodles with the hot meat and salads with delicious sauce. Bun cha is loved not only by Vietnamese people, but it also creates a great impression on international travelers

Spring rolls (Goi cuon)

8 Must-try Dishes in Vietnam

Besides pho, spring rolls are wonderful Vietnamese dishes which are on the list of 50 world's most delicious dishes of CNN. Spring rolls are very easy to make. You can use the rice paper wrapping shrimps, meat, vegetables and other components together, and then roll them. After that, you enjoy it with a bowl of sweet and sour sauce. Interestingly, after only 2 steps, you can cook the most delicious dish ever. In addition to the incredible taste, spring rolls are also attracted customers by its beautiful look and cheap price

Baked sticky banana

8 Must-try Dishes in Vietnam

At the General Meeting of street food held in Singapore in 2013, baked sticky bananas were voted as the most favorite food. Sweet bananas with soft rice and an attractive smell from coconuts and peanuts are special factors making visitors never forget this dish. If you want to cook a dish of baked sticky banana, it is very simple. You use thin steamed rice slightly covering a piece of bananas, and then grille it by coals. When enjoying this dish, you should put a little coconut milk and peanuts to the surface. That way will make the dish more delicious

Bun Bo Hue (Hue style beef noodle soup)

8 Must-try Dishes in Vietnam

Hue style beef noodle is presented and sold in all parts of the country. It has become the popular dish of both Vietnamese and foreign people. This noodle soup is outstanding with the sweetness from beef bones. The soup is always full of beef, pork, banana flowers, and herbs. A famous American chef, Anthony Bourdain had to say: "Bun bo Hue is the most delicious soups in the world" when he had the opportunity to taste this beef noodle in Dong Ba market, Hue.

Vietnam pancake dish is very well-known in the world. Two American CNN writers specializing in food also gave a lot of praises for this street food. Delicious pancakes are attracted all visitors by golden and shining crusts. The ingredients hidden inside are shrimps, pork, beans served together with herbs and tasty sauces.

Vietnamese cuisine has become more and more famous and popular all over the world. It is the most outstanding evidence that Vietnam owns one of the best cuisines on earth. Vietnamese people also feel satisfied and proud of when the flavor of Vietnamese food is recognized and highly ranked on many reputable world magazines.

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Major Holidays in Vietnam

Vietnam is a religious country with a lot of Chinese influence, having been a part of Imperial China for more than a millennium. It is truly not surprising why most of their major religious holidays are similar to those of the Chinese.

Tet Holiday

Tet Holiday - Major Holidays in Vietnam

Date: Every 1st to 3rd day of the lunar New Year
Tet, or Tet Nguyen Dan which means ‘Feast of the First Morning of the First Day’, is among the most important celebrations in Vietnamese culture. It is often celebrated on the same day as the Chinese New Year or on the first day of the first month of the Vietnamese calendar, which is around late January or early February, until around the third day.
During this occasion, most people would visit relatives or temples, worship ancestors, wish New Year’s greetings, give out lucky money to children and the elderly or eat special holiday food such as gio, banh chung, banh day, canh mang and sticky rice.

Vietnamese Teachers’ Day

Date: Every 20th of November
First celebrated in 1958 as the Day of the International Manifest of Educators, this holiday is used by students to pay respect to their teachers. Often, the students would visit the house of their teachers and offer flowers and other small gifts. Teachers are also presented with literature and art as well as food and flowers during the parties that are held in many schools.

Hung Kings Commemorations

Date: Every 8th to 11th day of the third lunar month
Every 8th to 11th day of the third lunar month, Vietnamese people would pay tribute to the Hung Kings who are considered as founders of the country and who were also the first emperors. The main festival day for the Death Anniversary of the Hung Kings is a public holiday which falls on the 10th. It is celebrated by doing a procession that starts at the foot of the mountain going to the High Temple but making a stop at every small temple along the way. During this ceremony, people would usually offer prayers and incense to their dead ancestors.

Ghost Festival

Date: Every 15th day of the 7th Chinese month
The Vietnamese view the Tet Trung Nguyen as the time when condemned souls are pardoned and are released from hell. In order to appease the ‘homeless’, the living would have to feed these souls through offerings of food. The month in which this festival takes place is also called Thang Co Hon, which is considered to be haunted and a very unlucky time of the year.

Mid-Autumn Festival

Date: Every 15th day of the 8th month of the Vietnamese calendar
The Tet Trung Thu is considered as the second most important public holiday next to the Tet. The Mid-Autumn celebrations in the northern parts of Vietnam often come with elegant features; the one in Central Vietnam have funny details while those in Southern Vietnam come full of warning. Lion dances are often being performed from house to house and the hosts usually give lucky money to the lions as a form of gratitude. This festival is also known as Children’s Festival in the country because of its emphasis towards children.

Dien Bien Phu Victory Day

Date: Every 7th of May
This day commemorates the confrontation between the French Far East Expeditionary Corps and the revolutionaries of the Viet Minh communist organization. The Viet Minh’s victory then led to the signing of the Geneva Accords in 1954. The French later withdrew all its forces in French Indochina and the Indochina war ended shortly after the victory.

Liberation Day / Reunification Day

Date: Every 30th of April
Also called the Fall of Saigon, Reunification or Liberation Day is celebrated by the Vietnamese every 30th of April. This date in 1975 was when the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops captured Saigon, which is now Ho Chi Minh City, and signaled the end of the Vietnam War. The significant event then marked the country’s transition period as North and South Vietnam merged into what is now the Vietnam that we know today.

President Ho Chi Minh’s Birthday

Date: Every 19th of May
As the father of the communist revolution and the first president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, there is a lot to celebrate about Ho Chi Minh. His founding of the Viet Minh Independent Movement in 1941 led to further victories for the Vietnamese, including getting taking back the control of many villages and then later on declaring the country’s independence from its French colonizers. Ho Chi Minh is considered as a national hero and state leaders would lay wreaths on his mausoleum to celebrate his birthday.

Remembrance Day (War Invalids and Martyrs Day)

Date: Every 27th of July
Otherwise known as the Martyrs or Wounded Soldiers’ Day, this is the time to remember and honor those who have died in service or have been injured during the Vietnam War and other military engagements both in and out of the country. Wreath-laying ceremonies are often held in military cemeteries and war memorials while veterans and invalids from the Vietnam War are also given tribute.

August Revolution Commemoration Day

Date: Every 19th of August
The August General Uprising was the revolution spearheaded by the communist organization Viet Minh against the colonial rule of the French back in 1945. Within just two weeks from the start of the uprising, the organization was already able to take control of many of the villages in North, Center and South Vietnam. It was the August Revolution that paved the way for the declaration of independence on September 2 , therefore creating a new government for the country.

National Day

Date: Every 2nd of September
The country’s national day is a commemoration of Vietnam’s declaration of independence from its French colonizers. During this day in 1945, communist Viet Minh organization leader Ho Chi Minh declared the country’s independence under the name of Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRVN) in Ba Dinh Square.

Lose Yourself in the Natural Havens of Port Blair

Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar islands boasts of sceneries full of nature and greenery. A booming tourist destination, Port Blair is the first choice of people when it comes to go on a long vacation with family and friends. From its unique Anthropological Museum to the bird’s haven Chidiya Tapu and a pristine Jolly Buoy Island, there is something for everyone in Port Blair. Just book your Chennai to Port Blair flights and get ready to have a mesmerizing experience. Here are a few places you must visit while in Port Blair.



Cellular Jail: The jail played an important role in freedom struggle of India. The jail used to house the Indian revolutionaries who wanted freedom from the British. One of the most secure jails in the world, it was real tough to escape and those who used to escape died while crossing the Indian Ocean. During the WWII it was occupied by Japanese forces but later Subhash Chandra Bose used it as the base for Ajad Hind Fauj. Even now you can see the execution and torture rooms there including a beautiful garden that has been created inside the compound of Cellular Jail.

Ross Island: Located just 2km from Port Blair, Ross Island is famous for it’s Victorian era remnants. There you can see the various old buildings like Presbyterian Church, an old home bakery, a state ball room and various other remnants that remind you of the past era. There’s also a museum maintained by Indian Navy that showcases various photos of Ross Island’s glorious past. The most interesting part of the island are the tunnels and bunkers that were constructed by the Japanese army during the World War II. With tickets priced at just Rs 20 per person, the museum must be visited by people who want to know more about the history of British occupied India.

Chidiya Tapu: Situated just 20 km from Port Blair, Chidiya Tapu is a small island that is famous for housing various species of birds. The place is a natural haven with lush green forests and green mangroves covering a huge expanse of area. Top of it all there is a guest house present there that offers marvelous views of sunset as well as the island. Consisting of pristine blue water you can see colorful corals and fishes with a beautiful experience of snorkelling. Visit Port Blair in the months of October to March to have an amazing time at Chidiya Tapu.

Anthropological Museum: Maintained by Anthropological Survey of India, the museum is one of the most visited places in Port Blair. The museum showcases the lifestyle of tribals and their culture. With a collection of various weapons and tools that are used by the tribals you get know about how they used to hunt and find food for themselves. You will also get to see the collection of various things that showcase the history of the island archipelago.


Jolly Buoy Island: With so many amazing places to visit in Port Blair go there with abundant time at your hands so that you can enjoy each every view at a relaxed pace. However, book your tickets on Chennai to Port Blair flights in advance so as to beat the rush and high airfares. 

Discovering the Wild Quynh Beach in 2 Days

Visitors in Northern area do not need to go too far to relax, just coming to the waters of Quynh in Nghe An, you can enjoy the wild and peaceful beauty of a stretching sea area with 7 beaches located adjacent to each other. Discovering the Wild Quynh Beach in 2 Days.

Quynh Sea is not the name of a beach, in fact, it is a general term which indicates the 7 contiguous beaches in 7 communes of Quynh Luu district, Nghe An province. The beaches are named Quynh Phuong, Quynh Lien, Quynh Bang, Quynh Luong, Quynh Minh, Quynh Nghia and Tien Thuy which are about 230 km from Hanoi. Going along Highway 1A, you have to spend only 5-6 hours to reach immense Quynh sea.
Discovering the Wild Quynh Beach in 2 Days

If you want to go to a deserted sea, you can visit Quynh Phuong beach because this place is still untouched, you can camp here to have fun and dance. Also, Quynh Phuong sea is famous for delicious, fresh and affordable food. And if you are a superstitious person, you can come here to pilgrimage in Con temple which is one of the four most sacred temples in Nghe An. The most appropriate time to visit Quynh Phuong is from May to August.
Discovering the Wild Quynh Beach in 2 Days

The suggested schedule for a two day trip to Quynh Huong beach in Nghe An is as follows:

Day 1

- 8 am: you depart from Hanoi, go along highway Phap Van - Cau Gie, turn to Ninh Binh to go to Thanh Hoa (for cars).

- Around 11 am, you are to be present in Thanh Hoa city to have lunch and have a rest.

- 12am: you continue going through Thanh Hoa to get to the town of Hoang Mai. This town is very easy to be found and it is located near the quarry of Hoang Mai on the side of the road. In Hoang Mai town, you ask local people for the way to Quynh Phuong beach or Con temple. Turning left to the inter-commune road of 6 km long, you will encounter Quynh Phuong sea.

- Around 2pm: You find the hotel and carry out check in procedure. Currently, Bien Sang hotel offers the rental of 350,000 to 500,000 VND for a large room for 3nguoi / night or you can rent affordable guesthouses near the coast.

- In the afternoon, you'll love the sea of Quynh Phuong in the first sight, the blue sea is reflected by color of clouds, the sea waves in the windless day is gentle. You will also see the small boats running around the beach to catch acetes (a creature like a sea small shrimps which is called “moi” by Nghe An people).
Discovering the Wild Quynh Beach in 2 Days

- On the coast, there are many relatively inexpensive seafood restaurant such as Lam Thinh restaurant... Another available option to eat delicious seafood is that you should go to Quynh Nghia beach nearby. There are two well-known restaurants here that are Hai Hien and Quyet Ngoc restaurants.

Day 2:

- 5 am: you up early to see the sunrise, swim or visit Quynh Phuong fish market and fishing village. Unlike other seas where are exploited for tourism, Quynh Phuong sea retains the pristine beauty which easily captivates people.
Discovering the Wild Quynh Beach in 2 Days

- The food for breakfast such as sticky rice, burgers here are cheap when you buy from local residents, or you can eat egg noodles on the beach. You can also buy fresh seafood from fishermen and ask the staff in the hotel to process into delicious dishes.

- 10am: You can go on a pilgrimage in Con temple nearby. The temple is located adjacent to Lach Con sea door, in a charming scenery. This architecture consists of main temple (inner temple) and sub- temple (in the seaport). The temple is one of the four most sacred temples of Nghe An. Con temple has ancient architecture. Behind the temple, there are two high hillock spreading to two sides like the phoenix wings. On the two hills, there are two wells, according to legend, they are the phoenix eyes. Mai Giang river is on the right, Voi (Elephant) and Xuoc Mountains are in the front, and the Outer Temple behind facing the sea welcomes, protects and blesses the fishing boats with more shrimp, blesses the local fishermen’s safety.

- Around 11:30am: you carry out the check out procedure, have lunch and get on the car back to Hanoi.
- Around 18:30am: you will be in Hanoi, finish a trip full of fun and experiences.

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